Hampton University, the historically Black educational institution in Virginia, has announced the establishment of the Center for Caribbean Health Research on campus. The center will strive to eliminate health disparities in Caribbean nations and also for diaspora populations in the United States. Hampton University is partnering with the University of the Bahamas, St. George’s University in Grenada, the Pan American Health Organization, and the Caribbean Public Health Agency in this initiative.
Hampton University President William R. Harvey stated that “this new Center ushers in an innovative era of utilizing the tremendous capacities of Hampton University-based researchers to partner with their colleagues from across the Caribbean in forging meaningful and sustainable solutions to conditions that give rise to health disparities. We at Hampton measure our successes by the contributions and services that we provide to our community, our nation, and the world.”
The Hampton University Center for Caribbean Health Research will be led by the university’s chief health officer, Warren A. Jones. Dr. Jones is retired U.S. Navy captain and served as a professor and was the founding director of the Health Disparities Institute at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He is past president of the American Academy of Family Physicians.
Dr. Jones is a graduate of Dillard University in New Orleans, where he majored in chemistry. He earned his medical degree at Louisiana State University.